No contest: Gators destroy opening playoff foe
A football game has never been easier for the Goose Creek Gators.
The top-seeded Gators struck with fury in the opening round of the playoffs, rolling to a 76-0 victory over 16th- seeded Wade Hampton on Friday. The point total produced the largest margin of victory ever for the Gators and was just one point shy of the school record for points in a game.
“Obviously, we were the better football team,” Gators coach Chuck Reedy said. “But we didn’t go out there and slop around. Even when we played our subs, they went out there and played well.”
Reedy said over 100 Gators got some playing time against the outmanned Generals. The win was the 38th straight for the Gators (12-0) and put them in the second round against South Pointe.
Omar McRae set the tone for Goose Creek, returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Less than 10 minutes in, fullback Evan McField rambled 80 yards for another long score to make it 21-0.
Goose Creek amassed 462 rushing yards, with 10 different players getting at least one carry. Fullback Evan McField had 125 yards on eight carries and scored on an 80-yard scamper in the opening quarter.
Tyrik Johnson and Evan Ulery added 98 and 51 yards respectively, with each scoring twice. Quarterback Dantez Bennamon ran for 40 yards and a touchdown, and was 4 of 5 through the air for 63 yards and a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Barnes.
Barnes also hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Dominique Jefferson.
JC Simuel capped the scoring in the fourth quarter for the Gators.
South Pointe, from the Rock Hill area, could be the toughest opponent the Gators have faced all season. The Stallions (10-2) blanked Irmo 30-0 on Friday to advance. Their only two losses are to Spartanburg (20-9) and Northwestern (27-0).
“They’ve had a great program up there for a while,” Reedy said. “They’ve won some state championships over the last several years. They’ll be a big challenge.”
South Pointe has two state titles to its credit (2008, 2011) since opening in the fall of 2005.
He said the Stallions really stand out on film.
“South Pointe is probably the most athletic team we have played in several years,” Reedy added. “They are big, fast and athletic on both sides of the ball. They have the best defensive line we have seen in a long time.”
That group is led by Shrine Bowler Zeke Rodney.
The Goose Creek-South Pointe winner will face either Stratford or South Florence in the state semifinals next Friday.
Wade Hampton 0 0 0 0 – 0
Goose Creek 21 28 14 13 – 76
GC — Omar McRae 90 kickoff return (Alex Jacobus kick)
GC — Tyrik Johnson 4 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — McField 80 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Darin McNeal 6 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Dantez Bennamon 8 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Jordan Barnes 27 pass from Bennamon (Jacobus kick)
GC — Barnes 10 pass from Dominique Jefferson (Jacobus kick)
GC —Johnson 31 run (Jacobus kick)
GC —Evan Ulery 8 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — Ulery 2 run (Jacobus kick)
GC — JC Simuel 2 run (kick failed)